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    31 Cleaning Products That'll Do Jobs You Probably Didn't Even Know Needed To Be Done

    The inside of cleaning appliances, the nooks and crannies of your jewelry, your belly button, and lots more places need some attention.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Foaming garbage disposer tablets so your biggest kitchen helper can keep running on 100 instead of ruining your day. (OK so maybe YOU know it needs cleaning, but everyone else in your household seems to be clueless about that.)

    double kitchen sink
    Amazon

    Freshens and leaves disposer, sink, and kitchen smelling clean. Made with natural ingredients, and safe for drain, disposer, and septic. Use weekly to maintain a smooth running disposer, prevent buildup and odors, and extend the life of the disposer.

    Promising review: "It actually worked! So my kitchen started smelling a bit and I figured it was my garbage disposal, so I bought this and it was so easy to use. You just drop a packet inside the disposal, turn on your sink with a little bit of hot water and turn on your disposal, and after a couple of minutes it should be clean. I figured it was my disposal because my kitchen doesn't have that funky smell anymore." —Max Power

    Get a four-use pack from Amazon for $9.94.

    2. Cleaning goo you can use to detail stuff like vents, keyboards, remotes, the tiny works that seem to accumulate a LOT of dust and leave you scratching your head as to WHY your A/C in your car seems to be on its last leg!

    person using the goo to get into a car vent
    Amazon

    You can also use it on surfaces like keyboards, speakers, screens, cameras, etc. JUST NOTE that you should use it to press to clean. Don't leave it on a surface and walk away because gravity will let it sink into grooves and make a mess.

    Promising review: "AWESOME!!! Worth every penny! Used on tons of stuff. Stayed together and did not break apart." —Heather Beech

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    3. A jetted tub cleaner that'll make you gag with delight once you run it through your system and all the pipe filth emerges like some Ghostbusters sludge.

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    Promising review: "OK, so I am some what of a clean freak and I run bleach through the jets prob twice a month on top of my daily weekly cleaning. And I was skeptical how this product could get it any cleaner than I thought it was. Well I am here to tell you this pic is after the second cleaning with this cleaner!!!! I am a believer and would highly recommend this product to anyone with jetted tub!!" —Momof2greatboys

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A pack of AirPod cleaners because all that built-up ear gunk is seriously messing with your ability to hear your fave tunes. You just squish the flexible square into your AirPod speaker, peel it off, and go write a horror movie script about what you see.

    Blue square with lots of ear wax on it that was removed from an AirPod speaker
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was shocked by how well these cleaned my AirPods after the first try!! Nothing else works as well! I used the AirSquares to clean inside my case as well. Will be buying again" —Amazon Customer

    Get 24 from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A special brush to keep your dryer's lint trap clear of debris and make drying cycles/the appliance more effective for longer. If your stuff is coming out wet, you may need one of these. It's so much cheaper than a pro repair!!

    person using long brush to clean out the lint trap in a front-load clothes dryer
    Amazon

    Also, built-up lint is a fire hazard! Make it a part of your weekly cleaning routine.

    Promising review: "This is exactly the same type as the one used by the appliance repairman that repaired my dryer last week, easy to use inside the dryer filter holder as well as the outside vent." —ab

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    6. Washing machine-cleaning tablets because the washer has been smelling a little funky and, um, well turns out that you need to clean the thing that cleans your underthings.

    model putting white cleaning tablet into a top loading clothes washing machine
    Amazon

    Designed to penetrate, dissolve, and remove odor-causing residue. Tablet dissolves slowly, lasting throughout the entire wash cycle and breaking up residue better than bleach. Safe to use with front-load washing machines, top- load washing machines, high efficiency (HE), and conventional washers. Recommended for monthly use.

    Promising review: "This is really the only washer cleaner I buy. It leaves my washer with that fresh smell — not that it stinks — and clean after each use. How do I know it's clean? I could see some the residual gunk on the inner wall of the washer drum when the cleaning is done. I just have to wipe it off of course. Using other brands I can't even tell if the appliance has really been cleaned or not." —AES

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.98.

    7. And dishwasher-cleaning tablets to get rid of residue that ends up creating odor and buildup on your dishes. I mean, the stuff it cleans off your dishes has to go SOMEWHERE. Turns out that stuff doesn't travel far.

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    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and dishes just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener was no longer doing its job so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine per the instructions and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully every month, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. Plus a hard-water booster for your dishwasher that'll finally get your Pyrex bowls that you thought were donezo looking normal again. In a true twist, the water is suspect too!

    reviewer pic of cloudy pyrex bowl then completely clear, clean looking bowl
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    Promising review: "We have ridiculously hard water. The Culligan guy who tested it was surprised it doesn’t come out of the faucet as a solid. My dishes, especially my Pyrex bowls and casserole dishes were almost white from the build-up. Nothing ever seemed clean. I tried this, and it’s an absolute miracle. My dishes are clean again. See the comparison in the picture — bowl on the left is 'clean', it was washed without the Finish booster. The bowl on the right was washed with. I’m totally not kidding, it completely does what it says!" —CB

    Get it from Amazon for $2.78.

    9. A phone soap sanitizer (and charger!) to clean that tiny computer you bring with you everywhere...including the bathroom. (You know the truth.)

    the phonesoap open with a phone neatly fitting into the cavity with a cord leading out of it to charge
    Amazon

    Also, phones get so dirty! But I'm going to pretend like I didn't say that bc I don't wanna gross myself out all over again thinking about it. This gadget was seen on Shark Tank (in case it looks familiar) and uses UV light to kill 99.99% of bacteria on your phone in just 10 minutes!!! AND it'll clean whatever fits inside, like reading glasses!

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    10. A denture cleaner because oh hey, your retainer still tastes and smells a bit funny even though you religiously brush it every night. Time to get a bit more aggressive with that cleaning routine. These fizzing tablets will blast away odor-causing bacteria, discoloration, and plaque from your Invisalign, retainers, dentures, night guards, and more.

    Reviewer's Invisalign, which look slightly yellow
    The same Invisalign looking significantly cleaner

    Promising review: "This worked extremely well with both a retainer and a night guard. The process is really simple and soaking them for 15 minutes removes the discoloration that has built up over time. I like the individually wrapped tablets to take with me when I am traveling again. The mint flavor is ever so slight after soaking and rinsing them. I have not tried any other cleaner other than brushing, but, these work as advertised and I am very happy with finding this product." —Keith L

    Get 120 tablets from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A makeup brush cleanser because you and I both know you're not washing your beauty tools as frequently as you should. (Same.) Turns out, they aren't prime for a replacement, they just need a thorough wash.

    reviewer pic of blush and bronzer stained makeup brushes, then them looking new and clean thanks to the brush shampoo
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This cleanser is great! It fully removes all makeup from the brushes without leaving them feeling beat up (I'm not the most gentle when it comes to cleaning brushes). I use a thick foundation that soaks heavily into the bristles, but this removed it all. At first I thought it was a bit thin, but after using it, a little bit goes a long way. It has a nice lather, but very nicely and easily rinses out." —Kryssy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. A set of K-Cup cleaning pods in case your Keurig is starting to have problems. Give these a go for less than $10 before shelling out cash for a new machine!

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    Promising review (for the pic on the left): "Ran it through three times. It truly works!" —Shawna20

    Promising review: "I bought this product because the needle in my Keurig 2.0 keeps clogging causing inconsistent brew and taste. These cleaning cups fixed both of my issues and especially liked that it was really quick and easy to use… I put the cleaning pod in and ran one cycle, then took the pod out and ran a rinse cycle to clean out any leftover grinds. FAST, EASY, and GREAT results…VERY HAPPY!!" —Corey West

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.95.

    13. Bottle-cleaning tablets because it's time to face the music. The inside of your travel mug currently looks like it's caked in mud thanks to your beloved coffee. Pop in a tablet, do something other stuff, then come back later to a pristine thermos!

    reviewer's before and after pics of the a steel thermos with stains before, then completely clean after
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I tried one of these in an old travel coffee mug that isn’t 'dishwasher-safe.' I wash it by hand, but I can never get rid of the brown coffee stains on the inside. Holy cow, did this stuff make a difference! The inside of the mug basically looks brand new. I think they’re a little expensive for what they are, but I can’t argue with the results." —David M

    Get a box of 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    14. A reusable weighted bottle cleaner for getting into all the parts of your sports and water bottles that you can't access with a sponge and your mere human hands. Those clumps of protein powder? No problem.

    CleanzySponges / Etsy

    Each sponge should last around four months.

    John, the founder, invented the Cleanzy sponge after having trouble cleaning drink containers without bulky tools and a lot of scrubbing. The Cleanzy sponge requires cleans while using very little effort on your part.

    Get it from CleanzySponges on Etsy for $7.50.

    15. A steaming microwave cleaner for harnessing the power of an inanimate object's anger to loosen up crud and dirt inside your microwave for wipeable messes. If you're only glancing at the inside long enough to put in a plate of leftovers, spend a little more time peeking.

    person-like gadget with steam coming out of it in a microwave
    Amazon

    Fill with water and vinegar to produce steam. Made of heat-resistant materials and is top rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Purchased this to help get rid of any gunk inside the microwave. I pop it in with some water and vinegar and within two minutes, all of the gunk inside can easily be wiped away!" —RVS

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    16. Bar Keepers Friend powdered cleanser to spiff up just about anything you have around your house like car head lights, pots and pans, porcelain sinks, stove tops...and all sorts of things you've gotten used to in their dingy state. Really, the limit does not exist.

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    To understand just *how* versatile this product is, check out Bar Keepers Friend review and prepare to be amazed!

    Promising review (for the pics on the left): "I’ve been using this to clean up my truck. It works great on rust and scratched up windows and foggy headlights." —C. Baker

    Promising review (for the pics on the right): "With a little elbow grease and this product your pots/pans will come back to life. This took me about 8 mins. Amazing results at a fair price." —Alyssa Hinojosa

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

    17. A cleaning pen that'll *gently* revive the look of your jewels that you DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE have grown cloudy over time. Don't worry, it's made with micro-fine cleansers, polishing agents, and a polymer for a pro-level shine at the price of your morning coffee order.

    reviewer pic of dim, not bright ring with emerald on it, then after pic of the gleaming clean ring
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    Promising review: "I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the Dazzle Stik from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a Diamond Dazzle stick of my own. It's the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go. I don't feel this product replaces the need to professionally clean your jewelry every now and then, but it does help with the maintenance of that new shiny sparkle." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    Check out our full review of Diamond Dazzle Stick here!

    18. A mold and mildew removal gel to make you feel like you're in possession of a time turner once you simply apply, let set for six hours, then wipe away. Ah yes, we DON'T have black grout in our bathroom.

    reviewer's before pic of shower corner with tons of mold, mildew on it, then after pic of nearly spotless shower corner
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! After YEARS of elbow grease and zero results, I tried this stuff before giving up and stripping the old caulking from the top of my shower. I’m so glad that I did, too! I mean, look at these results! Granted, it was on for about eight hours instead of six because I forgot about it, but the black mold/mildew just rinsed away — no scrubbing at all! STOKED! Super easy to use, too!" —Nice marmot!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    19. And a heavy-duty grout cleaner can bring back that WHITE grout long after you convinced that your bathroom floor was tiled with gray grout. 

    Reviewer's white tile and dark gray grout
    The same section of tile but the grout is now white

    Promising review: "I would give this product 10 stars if I could. My grout was disgusting and I thought I would never be able to get it truly clean. This product really works! It was fast and easy to use." —Matt Staggs

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    20. A shampoo brush to help loosen buildup from styling products and make in-shower detangling a cinch. It just so happens that your new shampoo doesn't suck, it just can't get through the buildup to do its job.

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    Promising review: "Using this thing has definitely been a game changer for me. I sit down in my shower, apply shampoo to my scalp and use circular motions to massage my scalp and it feels sooooooo gosh darn good! I have 3B hair. The silicone bristles are not too soft and not too hard and the hand grip is perfect. I swear, if someone were to use this and massage my scalp for me, I'd probably pass out." —Ella Sans

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in three colors).

    21. Fridge bin liners that'll highlight *and* catch any fridge spills that may go unnoticed in your clear crisper drawers or shelves.

    open fridge crisper drawer with the liner on the bottom
    Amazon

    It absorbs produce-rotting moisture, and is reversible and trim-able.

    Promising review: "I like these. Help keep moisture down, increase life of fresh products, and keep the drawers and shelves clean." —Alexandria, VA

    Get a three-pack of 12"x24" liners from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. An air purifier in case your indoor air has you sniffling but you don't know why. This gadget removes dander, mold, dust, and pollen in the air to help you breathe better.

    The air purifier in white sitting next to a nightstand
    Reviewer photo of the filter showing how much dust it picked up

    Promising review: "I'd never heard of this brand before but love their product now. Immediately this air freshener worked as advertised. I felt the air in my room was fresh. I have many cats and was grateful for the feeling of clean air around me. The product looks to be very well made and very nice to look at. Easy to set up, easy to use. I hope for many reliable years." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $76.47+ (also available in white).

    23. An odor-minimizing diaper pail so diaper wafts won't assault your nostrils during changing time — even if you've gotten used to the awful smell.

    the diaper pail in a nursery
    Amazon

    A diaper pail like this is what my mom *always* buys when shopping a baby shower registry. The sliding lid makes dumping the dirty diaper in way faster without assaulting yourself with a waft of putrid air. Oh hey, and the stainless-steel construction makes it easier to clean, sanitize.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! We had a Diaper Genie for years before we bought this. When they are newborns their diapers don't stink as bad so it's not a big deal. But older baby poop has a much stronger smell. We started putting the Diaper Genie in the garage because we didn't want our house to smell like poop. And the replacement liners are ridiculously expensive. This product solves both problems. Because it is made of metal, it holds the smell in. I have put some really gross smelling diapers in there and there is still no smell in the room. And this product uses ordinary trash bags, which saves tons of money! There is also a child lock on the top so your toddler can't open the pail. So glad we bought it. Pays for itself over a Diaper Genie because of using ordinary trash bags." —Tim Hayward

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in a variety of designs).

    24. smoke funk-killing spray made specifically to work with tobacco or cannabis smells.

    two bottles of the spray
    Pro Supply Outlet / Etsy

    Pro Supply Outlet is a Rancho Cordova, California-based shop selling cleaning and crafting supplies.

    Promising review: "This spray works great!" —Jamie

    Get it from Pro Supply Outlet on Etsy for $5.28 (available in multiple quantities).

    25. A wood polish with astounding "before" and "after" pics — it might just have you seeking out all sorts of worn-out wood surfaces to rejuvenate that you've learned to live with but not love.

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    Promising review: "I cannot even believe this stuff. I just purchased a house built in 1900 with gorgeous original woodwork that not had attention in quite some time. I was a little skeptical trying something like this, so I tried it out on some woodwork that is behind a dresser. Next thing I know, I'm putting this on any piece of wood I can find. This stuff is a miracle in a bottle. Do not hesitate to purchase this, I will always keep some on hand from here on out." —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    26. A bidet attachment — it could be just the thing to help you REALLY get clean where the sun don't shine. Plus it's advantageous for the people in your household who use SO MUCH TOILET PAPER you can't believe.

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    Promising review: "Once you have a bidet you will never want to live without one. We are in the middle of a toilet paper shortage because of the pandemic. My husband poops three time a day so we were faced with a serious situation as our toilet paper supply was fading fast. He was very hesitant to use a bidet, but was convinced after the first time he used it. The cold water doesn’t bother us at all, I was concerned that it would be uncomfortable but it’s actually soothing. The water pressure is strong, but it’s completely adjustable, I don’t even turn it all the way to one. It was very easy to install, takes about 15 minutes. We save a lot of money on toilet paper and our butts have never felt cleaner." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $36.27+ (available in two color combos).

    27. A power washer to do the hard work in reviving outdoor hard surfaces like sidewalks, gates, patio furniture and more! Yep, THAT's the color of your patio.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Note that you need to be careful on wood when using a pressure washer because it can be too intense and actually damaging!

    Promising review: "I love this washer. It competes with my 2,200-psi gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn't have the noisy gas engine or the heavy weight. Easy to move around, lightweight, and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I'm cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk." —Tim S.

    Get it from Amazon for $159.

    28. A hairbrush cleaning tool because lint, dry shampoo buildup, and oil can turn your most-used hair tool into a disaster area (even if you remove strands post-brush every single time).

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    Promising review: "When I bought this I was really skeptical. I am grossed out by my hairbrush and clean it all the time. I've soaked it in vinegar and tea tree oil, used a toothbrush, scrubbed it with shampoo, picked it clean by hand — everything you can think of. Still, it's so hard to get the little lint that forms at the base of the brush — they don't dissolve off and you have to pick them off the bristles one by one because a toothbrush won't even break them up. This thing works amazingly. I don't know why, it just does — the particular texture of the bristles on this really grabs everything. It scraped the little lint rings right off and now my brush is cleaner, 10 times as fast." —HeartsofHavoc

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    29. A liquid tartar remover to clean your dog's teeth, even if your pup won't let you close enough to even get a good look at them. It's sorta like dog mouthwash you just add to the water bowl!

    Comparison of reviewer's dog's teeth showing the water additive lightened the brown plaque stains noticeably
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have four dogs. My biggest dog is the worst culprit of bad breath. I've tried treats and other things but nothing else has worked. Looking at alternatives I came across dog mouth wash. The idea of drinking mouthwash is weird, but be my guest to teach your dog to swish and spit out. I've been using this mouth wash for all four of the dogs, and I have to say there has been quite an improvement in their breath and tarter buildup on their teeth. I put two cap fulls in about 32 ounces of water and the dogs gulp it down; they seem to enjoy the taste as well. So about two months in, I have a little less than a half-bottle to go and the dogs breath is much better, especially my big dog." —DH

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12.

    30. A belly button lint brush for a VERY important step in your upkeep routine.

    small brush
    Backwoods Toys / Etsy

    Backwoods Toys is a Strayhorn, Mississippi-based shop that sells a variety of toys and gag gifts. 

    Get it from Backwoods Toys on Etsy for $2.55 (available in three varieties).

    31. And a minimalist cleaning checklist so you don't forget to clean toothpaste off the bathroom mirrors again.

    checklist on a clipboard
    Creative Type

    This is a Warman, Canada-based Etsy shop with beautifully designed printable that are also super practical.

    Get the printable download from Creative Type on Etsy for $4.67.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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